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05-11-2021 22:25

Statement by the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary General and question on the appointment of Mr Colin Stewart, UNFICYP, during today’s UN press briefing

“The Secretary-General has appointed Colin Stewart of Canada to the position of Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. 

He will also perform the role of Deputy to the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus. 
Mr. Stewart succeeds Elizabeth Spehar of Canada to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her strong leadership and dedication over the course of her tenure.  

Mr. Stewart, who most recently served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) - from 2017 to 2021 - brings over 28 years of experience in peace and security and international affairs.  


Question (Anadolu): Thank you Farhan. On the appointment of the new Special Representative for Cyprus, can you tell us when he is going to take over, and he is going to go the island;

Haq: Well, he is only just been named as of last night. So, it would be a while longer but we expect, we are trying to get him on the ground as soon as we can. We’ll let you know if he also comes here and if can set up things, because as you know Mr. Steward, in his previous jobs has been willing to speak to the press.”


(MV)